My Year of (more) Mindful Shopping - Styled By Sally

My Year of (more) Mindful Shopping

I needed to remind myself of the pledge I made at this time last year (read here or below) to reduce my spending, shop and re-wear my wardrobe. The year started well (2019) but I admit I had a few moments of weakness towards the end of the year, and in particular after I challenged myself to partake in #slowfashionseason for 3 entire months. It was like I came out of it with cabin shopping fever!

So this year I’m REALLY going to make a much more concerted effort to reduce my clothing spend and wear the fabulous pieces I already have hanging in my wardrobe. I aim to recreate my own favourite outfits #thenandnow be inspired by my fave Style Instagrammers to #stealherstyle and partake in more clothing challenges like #10x10challenge #project333 and #slowfashionseason

And to hold myself accountable, I’ve even created a brand new Instagram account @rewearandshare_au to build a community of fashion lovers also committed to reducing their carbon footprint.

The aim of the account is to encourage my followers (and build new ones) to share their everyday style using the hashtag #rewearandshare

And I have some very heavy hitters on board! My good friend @style_by_aggie who ironically I met on Instagram (and who boasts over 110K followers!) is pledging her support. Together we aim to inspire you to #REWEAR your wardrobe by leading by example. We’re not only planning to talk the talk, we’ll walk the walk by showing you how we do it ourselves.

And importantly, we want to share YOUR efforts and showcase our amazing followers who share our passion. So by posting your daily outfits and tagging #rewearandshare we’ll be sharing these too on the account.

I’m really excited about this new way of thinking. If you read my previous blog about the same topic, nothing has changed in terms of my reasoning, but I think my determination has. With the devastating bushfires in our country, what better time is there to respect our planet and do all that we can to make the world a better place.

Watch this space, Sally x


I can’t believe I’m about to write this but… I need to stop shopping!

Don’t worry I’m not talking about YOU, my amazing clients who I love to style by helping you navigate the often tricky and stressful world of fashion and retail. But for me and my hip pocket!

But that’s not the only reason. Yes, I need to stop spending so much on clothes. But I actually WANT to stop buying so many clothes because I don’t NEED them.

My wardrobe is brimming with great clothes, probably more than most of you can imagine. I have a bloody fabulous wardrobe, full of pieces I LOVE and ENJOY wearing. So I’m challenging myself to actually SHOP my wardrobe and STOP adding to it.

I want to have less of an impact on the environment too. The fashion industry is the second largest polluter and I really don’t want to contribute to that anymore. I’ve always enjoyed passing my unwanted clothes on to friends and family, or donating them to charitable organisations like Fitted for Work or The Salvo’s, and I haven’t been a ‘wear something once’ and discard kind of shopper for a long time (though still guilty of that occasionally)

But nonetheless, I can do my bit to reduce the impact my clothing has on the environment and put my savings to good use. This is what I plan to do in 2019:

Well firstly, I’ve already started my year of mindful spending as of December 1!

Set myself numerous ‘Buy Nothing New’ months (thinking at least 6)

Create hashtags on Instagram so that you can join in #SBSStyleChallenge

Create my own style challenges, such as #1item10ways #DRYJULY #InspiredByInsta #StealHerStyle #DenimDaily #MonochromeMay

Follow existing styling challenges like 10×10 Challenge and Project 333 (I’ll probably do one of these over my summer break)

Shop my wardrobe – enjoy mixing and matching my own wardrobe to showcase my styling skills! DOH!

Set ‘terms and conditions’ on any purchases I make, i.e. must be made in Australia, ethically sourced and made, can document how to style over 10 ways etc

No fast fashion

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For those who might be wondering, “will Sally still be on top of her styling game considering all of this?” HELL YES!

I will still be styling and shopping for a living. I will still LIVE and BREATHE fashion! I will still be in the stores every day,  researching online, helping clients put together curated and carefully chosen wardrobes that they love, wear and wear and wear. That’s sustainable and mindful shopping to me.

I’ll just be removing the daily temptation from myself (including unsubscribing to Net-a-Porter and the like.. eeek!) which to be completely honest, makes me feel a little relieved. And through my daily outfit pics on Instagram, I’ll be walking the walk, showcasing my styling skills and showing you how to mix and match like a pro!

What do you think? Do you think I can do it? And will you join me?

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